Facebook Helps Keep Student in College

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A North Carolina college student has social networking to thank for helping put him through school.

"I'm not supposed to be here." said Western Carolina University student Demorris Davis. "But through God's grace, I am."

Last week, Davis was on the verge of losing his financial aid for his senior year-- all because of a paperwork mixup.

"After talking to advisors and financial aid people, it became clear that I wasn't gonna be here for my first semester, because we didn't have the money," he recalled.

His friends, however, came up with a plan to raise more than $5,000 in just 20 hours through the popular social networking site Facebook.

Jason Speier, youth pastor at Webster Baptist Church, thought of the idea and sent out the emergency message.

"I was nervous just doing it," Speier said. "But I thought people want to get behind a cause. They want to get behind a person."

Friends of Davis' and many he didn't even know stepped up to help.

"Over 100 college students gave everything from $500 to a $1,000," Speier said.

"I hope people understand that being generous is a beautiful thing," he added.

In the end, the Facebook campaign kept Davis in school.  He called the support "mind blowing."

"(I'm) just thanking God for what He's done," Davis said.

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